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Historical easement will help protect Ashmont's All Saints Church

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 16, 2013 11:42 AM

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The All Saints Church during renovations


An easement by Historic New England will help protect the All Saints Church in Dorchester for generations to come.

Last week, the historical preservation non-profit announced that the church would participate in its Stewardship Easement Program, which will provide the church’s owners with the expertise to help make sure the property lasts another 100 years.

The church, located not too far from Ashmont Station, is being refurbished. To read more, click here.

“Once you finish a restoration your work really isn’t done,” said Jess Phelps, team leader for preservation services at Historic New England. “You have to think about maintenance and that’s where we can really help.”

The organization, founded in 1910, will provide the property’s owners with the knowledge to maintain the building, including annual sight visits and the development of a maintenance plan.

“When repairs need to be done, one of our staff will work with them to facilitate the process,” Phelps added.

Although the organization works with a number of historical properties throughout New England, Phelps said the All Saints Church is of particular importance because it is one of the first buildings designed by Ralph Adams Cram, one of the organization’s original trustees.

“He’s one of the most significant architects in the 20th century and really laid the groundwork for episcopal architecture,” Phelps said. “This church really got his career underway and established his reputation.”

All Saints, which was constructed in 1892, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

“The Parish of All Saints is delighted not only with our ability to complete the thorough and sensitive rehabilitation of our historic building, but also with the extra layer of assurance that our easement agreement with Historic New England will bring to its preservation and to our ongoing stewardship,” Reverend Michael J. Godderz of the Parish of All Saints, said in a statement.

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